Cerebral palsy symptoms and the impact on my life

According to Mayo clinic the basic definition of cerebral palsy is: “Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by an insult to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.”

I get asked a lot what cerebral palsy is and how it impacts my own life so I thought I would write this to answers some of those questions.  Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term and therefore cerebral palsy symptoms impact each individual differently.

Cerebral palsy symptoms in my own life

I was diagnosed around the age of three or so. I was born premature and because of that use a wheelchair to get around. You can read more about me in my biography found here. Tight muscles and taken longer to do things in the physical sense is the norm for me but other than that I am blessed with being able to lead a productive life.

Cerebral palsy symptoms and a social life

I am more aware of the tight muscles in winter if I get cold my muscles get tight and sometimes it is just a waiting game and of course my social life is a bit different then the norm but that is only because people don’t often think to invite me out, it can be a daunting task figure out the accessibility logistics like how to transport my chair etc

The thing that frustrates me most is that instead of asking me out to overcome these barriers I am simply not included

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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